Broadway Box-Office Analysis, June 8-14: Will Fish in the Dark Continue to Swim Without Larry David?

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis, June 8-14: Will Fish in the Dark Continue to Swim Without Larry David?
 
Playbill's new weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.

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Fish in the Dark has its first week with Jason Alexander in the cast — and author Larry David out of it — and, not surprisingly, there was a drop in the box office and attendance. David sold out every week while he led the cast in his own comedy. Alexander, who starred in the David-created sitcom "Seinfeld" (essentially playing a character much like David), is a popular actor, but not the box-office bait David (who never appeared on a stage before this) is.

Jason Alexander surprises Larry David in <i>Fish in the Dark</i>
Jason Alexander surprises Larry David in Fish in the Dark

Last week, Fish took in $842,633. That was down $403,563 from the previous week. Collections were 81% of the gross. Houses were at 91% capacity — the first time the Cort has seen less than full houses since the run began.

Like Fish, The King and I — which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical — saw its first week of less-than-full houses in a long while. The week’s auditoriums were a still-bountiful 97% capacity, but there was a slight decrease in attendance of the box office.

The Visit, the Kander and Ebb musical that took a long time getting to Broadway and a short time leaving it, closed June 14. In its final week, seats were 64% full, and the box office gross was 36%. The till saw $80,064 more taken in that the previous week. Basking in the glow of its many Tony wins, Fun Home continued to sell out. Its box-office take climbed by $63,701, with the show meeting 94% of the box-office potential. (It has yet to reach the 100% make in that category).

The other big Tony-winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time also climbed. The box-office monies were up by $84,850. Gross was 90% of the potential. And attendance was at 98% capacity, the best such number for the play in some weeks.

Finding Neverland didn’t win any Tonys (it wasn’t nominated for any), but the show did perform on the broadcast. That paid off at the box office. The musical saw its highest weekly gross, collecting $1,172,768, a jump of nearly $70,000. Houses were at near-capacity.

Something Rotten! also performed on the telecast, and its box office took in $1,178,048, an increase of roughly $144,000. On the Twentieth Century, another presence on the program, went up $118,052 at the box office and nearly sold out at 99% capacity.

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